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Complete guide to the W trek in Torres del Paine, Chile

Complete guide to the W trek in Torres del Paine, Chile

W trek in Torres del Paine Nationwide park is an effective compromise between brief day hikes and lengthy O-circuit. It presents nice mountaineering expertise in Patagonia, beautiful surroundings, good amenities and average degree of problem.

W trek information

  • Complete distance – 100 km/62 miles
  • Required variety of days – Four-5 days
  • Beginning factors – Refugio Paine Grande (ferry from Pudeto)
  • Ending factors – Lodge Las Torres (bus to Laguna Amarga)
  • Highest level – Mirador Las Torres, 900m/2952ft
  • Permits – entrance charge – CLP 21 000/US$32 in season, off season (Might to September) – CLP 11 000/US$17. Confirmed campsites/motels reserving for an in a single day keep.  
  • Lodging – campsites, refugios (hostels), motels. In excessive season (December – February) it’s extremely really helpful to e-book lodging in advance.

Sensible info

  • The W-trek just isn’t a circuit, it begins and finishes at totally different factors.
  • Guide campsites beforehand and convey a printed reserving affirmation and a passport with.
  • Hikers are allowed to camp solely at designated campsites.
  • Open fires aren’t allowed in the park – in the previous they triggered horrible fires.
  • Hikers are allowed to use tenting stoves solely at designated areas (campsites).
  • Consuming water might be discovered throughout the park, it says to be good high quality. We didn’t use any filters or purification.
  • Puerto Natales is the greatest place to be based mostly earlier than or after the hike; the city has many resorts, a number of campsites, eating places, outlets and kit rental locations.
  • You will get extra details about Torres del Paine together with totally different route choices, campsite reserving and so forth. at Erratic Rock  (hostel/gear rental store) there’s a free every day speak at 3pm.
  • Park entrance charge might be paid solely in Chilean pesos (CLP), playing cards and different currencies aren’t accepted.
  • Most of the trails in Torres del Paine have minimize off time after which you’re not allowed to begin strolling it. Examine the occasions under.

Greatest time for trekking in Torres del Paine

Climate-wise November to March are the warmest months, day temperatures are between 12°C and 15°C, nights are between Eight°C and 10°C. Wind in Patagonia may be fairly hectic, summer time months, besides February, are fairly windy – November and January are the windiest months. As for rain in January, March and April you’ll get the most rainfalls, February is once more fairly a positive month with the least rainfalls. Out of climate viewpoint February can be a super month for trekking in Torres del Paine if it wasn’t the busiest months in the park with the most guests coming right here. For extra climate and season particulars go right here.

Extra info on different trekking routes in Torres del Paine yow will discover in our posts O circuit guide and Day hikes in Torres del Paine.

Scenery in Torres del Paine National parkBeautiful mountains in Torres del Paine Nationwide park

Guided tour vs unbiased trek

Unbiased trek

Execs 

  • The W-trek has plenty of infrastructure; designated campsites with good amenities, lodges with eating places and small outlets – surviving just isn’t an issue. 
  • The path is nicely marked; many indicators, maps and other people – you gained’t get misplaced right here.
  • Unbiased trek is cheaper.

Cons

  • You’ve got to plan the hike, ebook campsites and so on.
  • Strolling with a loaded backpack.
  • Setting a campsite; pitching tent, cooking, packing after an extended strolling day all by your self. It’s not essentially an obstacle we love doing it however should you’re not a seasoned hiker it may be a ache.

Guided tour

Execs

  • Straightforward – no preparations, bookings, gear rental and so on. your tour firm will do the whole lot for you.
  • Strolling with a day-pack.
  • No cooking, pitching and breaking down tent and so on.

Cons

  • Takes away adventurous a part of the hike.
  • Costlier.

Value of the W-trek, Torres del Paine

  • Transport – bus Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine  – CLP 15 000/US$23*, return. Catamaran Pudeto – Paine Grande – CLP 18 000/US$28, a method. Bus Lodge Las Torres – Laguna Amarga (optionally available) – CLP 3000/US$5. 
  • Entrance charge – CLP 21 000/US$32 in season, off season (Might to September) – CLP 11 000/US$17.
  • Lodging – campsites between CLP 5000-13000/US$Eight-20; refugios (hostels) – between US$60 and US$80 per mattress; lodges between US$130 and US$350 for a double room. Word! There is just one free campsites on the W-trek – Italiano campsite.
  • Meals – cooking your personal meals – US$10 per day per individual; consuming at the park eating places – between CLP 11 000/US$17 and CLP 16 000/US$25 per meal.
  • Gear rental (non-compulsory) – to lease tenting gear (tent, sleeping bag, cooking range and so forth.) in Puerto Natales will value you between CLP 13 000/US$20 and CLP 20 000/US$30 pp. per day, relying on what you lease. You possibly can lease a tent, a mat and a sleeping bag at most paid campsites although it’s costlier than in the city.
  • * You’ll be able to examine up-to-date foreign money conversion right here.

Guided W trek tour costs begin from US$1200 it consists of lodging (Eco camps or resorts), transportation, guide, park entrance charge, ferry ticket, baggage switch, all meals, gear (sleeping bag) if wanted. It’s fairly a bit extra however it’s far more snug and straightforward – you don’t camp, sleep daily in mattress, have prepared meals, stroll with a day-pack and so on. Eco camps and motels in the park are fairly expensive that pushes tour costs up lots.

W trek distances

  • Paine Grande – Campsite Gray – 11km/6,Eight miles, Three,5 hours
  • Paine Grande – Campsite Italiano – 7,6km/Four,7 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Campsite Italiano – Mirador Britanico – 5,5km/Three,Four miles, Three hours
  • Campsite Italiano – Campsite Frances – 2km/1,2 miles, 30 min.
  • Campsite Italiano – Refugio Los Cuernos – 5,5km/Three,Four miles, 2.5 hours
  • Los Cuernos – Lodge Las Torres, 11km/6,Eight miles, Four.5 hours
  • Los Cuernos – Campsite Chileno – 15km/9,Three miles, 5,5 hours
  • Lodge Las Torres – Campsite Chileno – 5,5km/Three,Four miles, 2 hours
  • Campsite Chileno – Campsite Torres – Three,2km/2 miles, 1.5 hours
  • Campsite Torres – Mirador Las Torres – zero,8km/zero,Four miles, 45 minutes
  • Mirador Las Torres – Lodge Las Torres (descend) – 9,5km/6 miles, Three hours

Packing for Torres del Paine

All the particulars and recommendations on packing for climbing and tenting in Torres del Paine you’ll discover in this publish. ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓

Campsites on the W trek

The campsites on the W-trek belong to three totally different corporations; CONAF (the Nationwide Forest Company) – free campsites – campsites Italiano and Torres (closed for 2018/19 season); Vertice Patagonia – paid campsites – Gray and Paine Grande; Fantástico Sur – paid campsites – Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Frances and Chileno.

Paid campsites have higher amenities and are simpler to e-book as there are extra tenting spots than at free campsites.

Free campsites, CONAF

Italiano, Valle Frances, opened from October to April.

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – no
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Tables, benches – no
  • Store – no
  • Restaurant – no

Torres, closest to Las Torres, CLOSED FOR 2018/2019 season!!!

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – no
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Tables, benches – no
  • Store – no
  • Restaurant – no

Paid campsites, Vertice Patagonia

Gray, Gray glacier, max 60 individuals, opened all yr, CLP 5000/US$Eight pp.

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Tables, benches – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure

Paine Grande, Pehoé lake, max 200 individuals, opened all yr, CLP 6000/US$ 9.30 pp.

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Tables, benches – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure

Paid campsites, Fantastico Sur

Las Torres, Lodge Las Torres, 150 tenting spots, opened September – April, CLP 13 000/US$20 pp.

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Tables, benches – no
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure

Los Cuernos, Nordenskjold lake, 50 tenting spots, opened September – April, CLP 13 000/US$20 pp.  

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Tables, benches – no
  • Store – no
  • Restaurant – sure

Francés, Nordenskjold lake, 1 hour stroll from Los Cuernos, 50 tenting spots, opened October – April, CLP 13 000/US$20 pp.

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Tables, benches – no
  • Store – no
  • Restaurant – no

Chileno, for 2018/19 season the closest campsite to Las Torres, 50 tenting spots, opened October – April, CLP 13 000/US$20 pp.

  • Rest room – sure
  • Bathe – sure
  • Operating water – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Tables, benches – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure

W trek campsites, Torres del PaineCampsites on W trek, Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Reserving campsites on the W trek

All the campsites may be booked on-line; guide CONAF (they’re nonetheless implementing new reserving system as for August 2018 it doesn’t work but); ebook Vertice Patagonia; guide Fantastico Sur. Print your reserving affirmation and take it with.

If CONAF on-line reserving system doesn’t work you’ll be able to guide free campsite Italiano at their workplace in Puerto Natales, Manuel Baquedano st. 847. 

How to get to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales

The W trek begins at refugio/campsite Paine Grande to get there from Puerto Natales;

  1. Take a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. The journey to Pudeto with one cease at Laguna Amarga takes Three hours. Worth CLP 15 000/US$23 return pp.                
  2. Get off at Laguna Amarga entrance (first cease) to pay the park entrance charge – CLP 21 000/US$32.
  3. Get again on the bus.
  4. Get off at Pudeto (second cease). Purchase catamaran ticket (a method ticket the trek finishes at totally different place). 
  5. Take the catamaran (ferry) from Pudeto to Paine Grande. The experience takes about 30 minutes. Worth CLP 18 000/US$28 a method. Notice! In excessive season January – February the catamaran may go extra typically.                                                 

W trek map, Torres del Paine, ChileW trek route map + ferry route from Pudeto to Paine Grande + bus route from Lodge Las Torres to Laguna Amarga

Obtain W-trek-map.

Day 1. Puerto Natales – Gray campsite, 11km

Puerto Natales – bus – Pudeto – ferry – Paine Grande – Gray glacier, 11km/6,Eight miles

Value; bus – CLP 15 000/US$30 (return), entrance payment – CLP 21 000/US$32, ferry – CLP 18 000/US$28 (a method), tenting at Gray campsite – CLP 5000/US$Eight.

Highlights

  • Pehoe lake
  • Gray lake
  • Gray glacier

Challenges

  • A number of ascends and descends on the method between Paine Grande and Gray campsite.

7.00-7.30 – catch a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine Nationwide park.

9.30-9.45 – get off at the first cease Laguna Amarga to pay park entrance payment. Tip! Attempt to be amongst the first individuals at the workplace not to await too lengthy you continue to have to get again on the bus. After paying the payment, getting tickets and maps get again on the bus that goes to Pudeto.

10.30 – get off the bus at Pudeto, go to the ferry ticket workplace to purchase a ticket to Paine Grande and discover out about the departure time. Purchase a method ticket you’ll end the trek at a special entrance. Tip! When you’ve got time earlier than the departure. about go to waterfall

11.00 – get on the ferry to Paine Grande.

11.30 – get off the ferry at Paine Grande. Right here you’ve got to choices; to camp and Paine Grande and stroll to Gray glacier with a day pack or to stroll to the glacier and camp at Gray campsite. Should you camp at Paine Grande you’ll stroll to the glacier with a day-pack however you’ll have much less time to stroll round and to go to the distant glacier view-points. For those who camp at Gray campsite you’ll have extra time to discover the space however you’ll have to stroll together with your backpack to and again to Paine Grande.

11.30 – begin strolling towards Gray glacier, 11km, it’ll take you between Three and Four hours.

15.30-16.00 – arrive at Gray campsite, pitch your tent, have lunch.

17.00 – stroll round the campsite, go to the lake.  You possibly can depart your stuff in the tent however we’d recommend to take valuables e.g. digital camera, cash with. 

18.00-19.00 – get again to the campsite, have dinner, relaxation.

Pudeto, Torres del PainePudeto – catamaran pier, Torres del Paine

Day 2. Gray campsite – Paine Grande, 20km, 7 hours

Gray campsite – glacier Gray view-point – Gray campsite – Paine Grande,  20km/12,Four miles

Value; tenting at Paine Grande – CLP 6000/US$9.

Highlights

  • Gray glacier
  • Gray lake
  • Pehoe lake

Challenges

  • Steep ascend to Gray glacier view-point
  • Steep descend again to Gray campsite
  • A number of ascends and descends on the approach from Gray to Paine Grande campsite

7.00 – rise up, have breakfast.

Eight.00 – begin strolling in the direction of Paso campsite, to the view-points. Depart your stuff in the tent at the campsite, take a day-pack with invaluable stuff, water and snacks.

9.30-10.00 – you’ll arrive at a look-out, there are a number of factors from the place you’ll be able to see the glacier. From right here we’d recommend to begin strolling again you continue to have to pack your tent and stroll to Paine Grande.

11.00-11.30 – arrive again at Gray campsite, pack your tent, have lunch.

12.30 – begin strolling to Paine Grande.

16.30-17.00 – arrive at Paine Grande, pitch your tent, stroll round.

19.00 – make dinner, relaxation.

Grey glacier, Torres del PaineGray glacier from the view level, W trek

Day Three. Paine Grande – Italiano/Frances campsite, 20km, Eight hours

Paine Grande – Italiano campsite – Mirador Frances – Mirador Britanico (in good climate) – Italiano campsite/Frances campsite, 20 km/12,Four miles

Value; tenting at Italiano – free, tenting at Frances – CLP 13 000/US$20

Highlights

  • Skotsberg lake
  • French Valley
  • Mirador Frances
  • Mirador Britanico

Challenges

  • Steep ascend to Mirador Britanico from Italiano campsite
  • Steep descend again from the Mirador to the campsite

6.00-7.00 – rise up, make breakfast, pack.

Eight.00 – begin strolling in the direction of Italiano campsite – 7,6 km, 2,5 hours.

10.30 – arrive at Italiano campsite, depart your massive backpack at the workplace and stroll to Mirador Frances – 2km, 1 hour.

11.30 – arrive at Mirador Frances, relaxation, have lunch/snacks. If the climate is sweet and you are feeling robust proceed strolling in the direction of Mirador Britanico – Three,5 km, 2 hours.

13.30 – arrive at Mirador Britanico, relaxation, take pleasure in the view.

14.00 – begin heading again to Italiano campsite – 5,5 km, 2-Three hours.

16.30 – arrive at Italiano. When you camp right here begin pitching your tent, have lunch. The remainder of the day you possibly can chill out, learn and so forth. When you camp at Frances you continue to have 2 km, 30 min. to go.

Skotsberg lake, Torres del PaineSkotsberg lake, Torres del Paine

Day Four. Italiano/Frances – Chileno campsite, 21km, Eight hours

Italiano/Frances campsite – Los Cuernos – Chileno campsite, 21km/13 miles

Value; tenting at Chileno – CLP 13 000/US$20.

Staying at Chileno is at present the solely choice if you need to see the dawn at Mirador Las Torres. Free campsite Torres that’s simply 800m away is closed in 2018/19 season for upkeep. From Chileno to the Mirador is 2,5-Three hours stroll which suggests you might have to begin at Three.00-Four.00 am in summer time as the dawn is between 5.30 (December) and seven.00 (February).

Highlights

Challenges

  • A number of ascends and descends on the approach to Chileno campsite

7.00 – rise up, breakfast, packing.

Eight.00 – begin strolling in the direction of Los Cuernos – 5km, 2 hours.

10.00 – arrive at Los Cuernos, cease for relaxation and snacks. Proceed strolling in the direction of Chileno campsite – 15km, 5,5 hours.

15.30 – arrive at Chileno, pitch tent, stroll round, relaxation.

18.00 – make dinner, relaxation.

W trek, Torres del Paine, PatagoniaSurroundings on the W trek, Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Day 5. Chileno  – Mirador Las Torres – Puerto Natales, 14km, 5h30min.

Chileno campsite – Mirador Las Torres – Lodge Las Torres – bus/stroll – Laguna Amarga – bus – Puerto Natales, 14km/Eight,6 miles

Value; bus Lodge Las Torres – Laguna Amarga – CLP 3000/US$5, bus Laguna Amarga – Puerto Natales – paid (for those who bough return ticket in Natales).

Highlights

  • Las Torres – three sharp mountain peaks and the lagoon.

Challenges

  • Lengthy and steep ascend to Mirador Las Torres
  • Lengthy and steep descend to Lodge Las Torres

Four.00-5.00 (relying on dawn time) – rise up, begin going up to the Mirador – 4km, 2h15min.

6.15-7.15 – arrive at the Mirador. Take pleasure in dawn, spend a while resting, taking pictures, exploring the space.

Eight.00 – begin taking place to Chileno – 4km, 1h30min.

9.30 – arrive at Chileno, get your stuff, begin descending in the direction of Lodge Las Torres – 5,5km, 1h30min.

11.00 – arrive at Lodge Las Torres, from right here you possibly can catch a shuttle bus to Laguna Amarga (affirm departure time at the lodge) or stroll – 7km, 2 hours.

14.00-14.30 – catch a bus from Laguna Amarga to Puerto Natales. We’d advocate to verify bus timetable at the park workplace at the starting of the trek.

16.30 – arrive at Puerto Natales.

If for some purpose your time in Torres del Paine is restricted you possibly can stroll the W in Four days.

Day 1. Puerto Natales – Gray glacier – Paine Grande, 22km, 6 hours

Puerto Natales – bus – Pudeto – ferry – Paine Grande – Gray glacier – Paine Grande, 22km/13,6 miles

Value; bus – CLP 15 000/US$30 (return), entrance payment – CLP 21 000/US$32, ferry – CLP 18 000/US$28 (a method), tenting at Paine Grande – CLP 6000/US$9.

Highlights

  • Pehoe lake
  • Gray lake
  • Gray glacier

Challenges

  • A number of ascends and descends on the means between Paine Grande and Gray campsite.

7.00-7.30 – catch a bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine Nationwide park.

9.30-9.45 – get off at the first cease Laguna Amarga to pay park entrance payment.

10.30 – get off the bus at Pudeto, go to the ferry ticket workplace to purchase a ticket to Paine Grande.

11.00 – get on the ferry to Paine Grande.

11.30 – get off the ferry at Paine Grande.

11.30-12.00 – pitch your. Depart your stuff in the tent, take solely valuables, water and snacks.

12.00 – begin strolling to the glacier – 11km, 2h30min.

14.30 – arrive at refugio Gray, spend a while strolling round.  When you have time go to considered one of the nearest view factors. Keep in mind the stretch between Gray campsite and Paine Grande closes at 4pm after that point you’re not allowed to begin strolling so be sure to begin heading again earlier than.

Earlier than 16.00 – begin strolling again to Paine Grande. In summer time it will get darkish after 9pm in Patagonia, on the method again you’ll have sufficient time to take pleasure in the view and take some pictures don’t wast time on that on the method to the glacier.

18.00 – 19.00 – arrive at Paine Grande, have dinner, relaxation.

From the second day comply with the 5-day itinerary from Day Three.

Puerto Natales lodging

Puerto Natales isn’t an enormous place however it’s fairly geared for vacationers, right here yow will discover;

  • Resorts
  • Hostels
  • Campsites
  • Eating places
  • Bars
  • Supermarkets
  • Outlets
  • Pharmacies
  • Gear rental locations
  • ATMs

There are various lodging choices in the city on totally different price range from campsites to fancy visitor homes and flats, listed here are our options

Should you in search of a finances lodging Refugio Hoshken is an effective choice. The lodge gives dormitories and double rooms with shared toilet, breakfast is included in the worth. The place is neat and clear, fairly social – nice for solo vacationers. The hostel options wi-fi, scorching bathe, shared kitchen, heating, laundry service, good backyard. The house owners are very pleasant individuals.

Hostal Treehouse Patagonia  – tremendous good and comfy place in center worth vary, they’ve double rooms and dorm beds. Dormitory has solely Four beds when you’re a household or a gaggle of associates you’ll be able to have the entire room for your self. Very snug, neat and clear with good amenities; scorching bathe, heater, wi-fi, absolutely quipped kitchen, situated in the middle. The kitchen right here is superior; wooden range, picket furnishings and all you want for cooking – an ideal place to chill particularly on a wet day. Good continental breakfast is included in the room worth.

Nothing could be higher than checking into a cushty room after mountaineering and tenting in the wild for a few day or perhaps a week!? In case you’re not on a really tight finances Toore Patagonia is a superb place to keep. The bungalows look very inviting and comfy, the amenities are nice; personal toilet, absolutely outfitted kitchen, wi-fi, massive mattress, heating and so on. The backyard has BBQ amenities and out of doors tables and chairs.

Hostal Treehouse Patagonia, Puerto Natales, ChileHostal Treehouse Patagonia, Puerto Natales, Chile. Photograph; reserving.com

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